Patton Oswalt credits late wife Michelle in Golden State Killer case
Apr 27, 2018, 00:59
"There's exhilaration, and I don't feel it now, but I can sense that tomorrow or the next day there's going to be a huge drop in serotonin and happiness when I realize she really isn't here", Oswalt said.
Two hours before news broke of the arrest, Oswalt and all of McNamara's collaborators were together for the first time promoting the book with her family at an event outside her hometown of Chicago.
Oswalt paid a final tribute to his late wife on Wednesday night after DeAngelo was behind bars.
The suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, who was sacked from the Auburn Police Department, was arrested after a DNA sample came back as a match to the Golden State Killer, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said. She had been in the middle of her hunt for the killer and her book, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer".
Her husband, actor Patton Oswalt, finished her project with the help of lead case researcher Paul Haynes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen.
The resulting book is a chilling and vivid narrative of a serial killer's crimes, and a revealing account of Ms. McNamara's obsession with the case and the psychological toll it took on her.
"It kept interest and tips coming in", he said.
Patton Oswalt also recalled that he wanted to help finish Michelle's book because he knew that he wouldn't "be able to live and go on with life if this was left undone".
McNamara died suddenly in 2016 after years spent investigating the unsolved California crimes for a book.
But McNamara's idea for the "Golden State Killer" name, her coverage of the case in "Los Angeles Magazine" and a blog, the shocking news of her death, and the book all shined a spotlight on the decades-old crimes, he said.
Oswalt told the New York Times that the arrest gave him a odd mix of elation and impending sadness that his wife wasn't there to witness it. It has sold around 150,000 copies and was optioned by HBO, which is adapting it into a documentary series. "Curiosity turned to clawing hunger".
"He was very surprised by that", Jones said. "It happened nearly instantly and he was taken into custody without incident at all".
"This is insane, looks like they've caught the East Area Rapist, and if that's true, they caught the Golden State Killer", Oswalt posted while on a flight from NY to Chicago.
This is how it ends for you. But on Wednesday, I'll Be Gone In the Dark shot up to the top of Amazon's best-seller list and overnight, the online retailer was sold out of all of its copies. "Open the door, show us your face, walk into the light".
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